The government has lowered the alert level for Mount Agung in Bali as the volcano showed a decrease in activity over the past month, allowing displaced persons to return home. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Mount Agung Eruption Causes Estimated Losses of $812m


DECEMBER 30, 2017

Jakarta. The Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, said on Friday (29/12) that the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali has caused losses of around Rp 11 trillion ($812 million), including Rp 9 trillion loss from the local tourism industry.

"The eruption of Mt. Agung in Bali on Nov.26-30 of 2017 has caused an economic loss that is estimated at Rp 11 trillion,” Sutopo Nugroho, the spokesman of BNPB, said in a statement.

According to Tourism Minister Arif Yahya, the tourism sector contributed Rp 9 trillion to the total economic loss because of the eruption.

Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia and serves as the backbone of the local economy.

Besides Mt. Agung's eruption, tropical cyclone Cempaka, which hit the southern part of Java Island and also impacted Bali, caused Rp. 1.13 trillion in losses in affected areas, Sutopo said.

Success to Control Fire and Haze

In 2017, Indonesia succeeded in managing forest and land fires, which affected only 150,457 hectares, a 65.7 percent reduction from 2016, Sutopo said.

"Hot spots also declined by 33 percent," he added.

According to Sutopo, no airports or schools were closed this year due to forest and land fires.

"During the last two years, smoke from forest and land fires did not disturb neighboring countries," Sutopo said.

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